Interstate 75 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was shut down in both directions after a portion of a bridge collapsed onto the roadway below.
Tennessee Department of Transportation officials said a barrier at the Interstate 24 and Interstate 75 split fell from the I-75 south bridge onto I-75 north, located below, reported WSB-TV.
“I-75 N closed at I-24 W split due to railing falling from bridge onto roadway. Area expected to be closed to traffic for an extended time,” said Chattanooga Police on Twitter.
— Chattanooga Police (@ChattanoogaPD) April 1, 2019
A car was struck by the concrete as it fell down, according to the report.
The driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.
Department of Transportation officials said they will clean it up by 4 p.m. ET.
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The bridge was inspected last in 2016, reported WSB.
Other details about the incident are not clear.
This is an image from Google maps showing the exact railing that collapsed onto the roadway below pic.twitter.com/opAnvFBdXp
— Latricia Thomas (@LatriciaTnc9) April 1, 2019
A concrete railing on I-75 N to I-25 W collapsed and hit a car. Responders on scene say person sustained non-life-threatening injuries. @TDOT is re-routing traffic. Pics by BC Carlos Hampton. #ChattFire pic.twitter.com/Db7D5Oesld
— Chattanooga FireDept (@ChattFireDept) April 1, 2019
Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke wrote, “A frightening bridge collapse at one of the most heavily trafficked intersections in the country, where 75 and 24 meet.”
He noted that it is “truly miraculous that no one was seriously injured” in the collapse.
A frightening bridge collapse at one of the most heavily trafficked intersections in the country, where 75 and 24 meet. Truly miraculous that no one was seriously injured. @myTDOT is one the scene assessing cause and traffic solutions pic.twitter.com/CFrkPNZVJL
— Andy Berke (@AndyBerke) April 1, 2019
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